Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reviews – do’s and don’ts

Jeaniene Frost addresses authors on the etiquette of dealing with reviews.  Authors should take note of Frost & Andrew's words, because there are things worse than turning out a bad book.  Defending the validity of your work to the point of attacking would-be fans & readers, will only get you viewed as a crazy author that should be avoided at all cost.   Case in point, my crazy author run-in a few months back.  You can read Frost's full post here.

Author Ilona Andrews sums it up this way:

What about negative reviews, the ones that make you cringe?
Say nothing. Say nothing, say nothing, say nothing.

But what if they said this unfair thing…
Say nothing.

But they brought up a really good point…
Say nothing.

If you argue with the review, you look unprofessional. You are a weakling who can’t take criticism.

If you agree with the review, you look unprofessional. You are sucking up in hopes of future positive reviews.

You can’t win. Remember the guiding principle: if you are an author…you are not a person. You are a representative of a brand. If you have to say something, if you just can’t help yourself, say, “Thank you.” You must find your inner customer service representative, smile, and say, “Thank you so much for taking the time to read the book.”

It is really, really difficult to find that customer service representative sometimes. So if you can’t trust yourself to smile and say thank you, say nothing.

Thank you or nothing. From the business point of view, there is no third choice.

Monday, March 28, 2011

New for Tuesday

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9)Lover Unleashed
Book #9

A highly anticipated release.  I fully admit to not being a PNR fan or completely loving the first book in this series, but I have to say I'm drinking the Ward Kool-Aid now. I classify this as a guilty pleasure.

"Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?"


Children of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, Book 2)Children of Scarabaeus
Book #2-Final

The first book was a surprisingly good Sci-fi thriller read, even with the litany of techno/sci-fi babble I had to contend with.  A great time to jump in, because the first one left readers with a bit of a Cliffhanger. According to the author, this will be the final book in the series.

"Edie Sha'nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie's extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose."


The Art of Seducing a Naked WerewolfThe Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
Book #2

I labeled this Book #2, but it could be classified as a standalone.  The first book was a very enjoyable & light read.  I look forward to reading this one, but I didn't care much for this protagonist in the first book.  Hopefully she won't be as annoying in this one.

"Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

True Blood: Waiting Sucks Promo

A little yummy Eric scene, and yeah Bill is in it too.  Waiting indeed sucks.  Can't wait for amnesia Eric this season.  And for your reading pleasure, a new Dead Reckoning excerpt (Chap 3) is now available. If you missed it, chap 1 can be read here.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

God's War Giveaway

God's Wario9 is giving away the new release-God's War, via Night Shade books, for their next book club discussion.  The book will be available until March 29th and can be requested by emailing:  io9GodsWarGiveAway@nightshadebooks.com for a copy.  And you can go to Io9 for more details.


God's War-Hurley

On a planet settled by Muslims and ravaged by constant war and pollution, Nyx, a former government-sponsored assassin, is now a bounty hunter. When the government asks her team to hunt down an off-worlder who possesses technology that could end the war, they find themselves facing off against foreign agents and fellow assassins. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cover Reveal

Odd one out.  The cover is great but Cat doesn't look like the same person to me, especially front-on.  For five covers they have consistently kept Cat looking the same.  So why the change now?  The previous model has formally retired from book cover modeling.  I had no idea these covers were based on a real person.

It's cool that Jeaniene stepped-up, and clued in her fans about the change.  Hopefully #6 will bring this series back on track, because book #5 was a bit of a disappoint for me.  One Grave at a Time comes out Aug 30th. You can read an excerpt here.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fun with Colors

Is it me, or are Comics Graphic Novels becoming the new companion for every popular series; just as a movie seem to be the answer for every Stephenie Meyer book? Richelle Mead announced that a set of Graphic Novels will be released for her Dark Swan series. The first, Storm Born, is being released on May 18th. And, just a few weeks later Kim Harrison is releasing her own Graphic Novel, for The Hollows series, on July 12th.

The Dark Swan Graphic Novel can be pre-ordered at Sea-Lion Books.

New for Tuesday


Invincible: The Chronicles of NickInvincible
Book #2

Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.


Spirit Dances (Luna Books)Spirit Dances
Book #6

I've been following these series up until book #5, where it took a misstep.  Bring-on the reviews.  I would love to read the rest of this series if it gets back on track.  


"For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She's mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with."

Also New...

SteelSteel
Vaughn







Vampires: The Recent UndeadVampires: The Recent Undead
Anthology

Notable Authors: Charlaine Harris, Kelly Armstrong, Holy Black, & Rachel Caine.




A Tale of Two Goblins, A Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy (Book 2 of the Dulcie O'Neil Series)A Tale of Two Goblins
Book #2

Also available from Smashwords, for those that don't have a Kindle or App. Not my favorite of her two series, but I'll probably end up reading this one as well.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

White Trash Zombie

In flipping through my favorite author's sites, I found Diana Rowland, author of the Kara Gilllian series, has decided to take a step sideways in releasing a set of books featuring zombies.  Huh? This is completely out of left field, but I admit I'm more than a bit intrigued.

I've been a zombie lover ever since watching the 80's B movie, Night of the Comet, as a kid. Or maybe this new zombie craze has something to do with the recent Resident Evil or Mira Grant Newsflesh cult following?  Either way, this looks to be something fresh and different in a sea of vampires and weres.  One can only hope.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie
July 05, 2011

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay                                                      "alive"...More Info

A Sequel?

I guess money, fame, and commercialism has again won-out to creative instincts, because I got the distinct impression that The Host was a standalone.   Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but it didn't give me any sense that this was anything but another YA book. The action and adult content were definitely muted, and the book suffered as a result. Still, I'm interested to hear more about this continuation.

And of course a Stephenie Meyer book wouldn't be complete without a movie to go along with it.  The movie will begin filming in 2011, and will be released some time in 2012.  Soap hunk, Erik Fellows, is rumored to play Ian in the movie.

The Host: A NovelThe Host

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain                                   it is her end.

                                                1-The Host
                                                2-The Soul (2012)
                                                3-The Seeker (2012)

And the Countdown Begins

I fully admit to my small addiction to True Blood.  In fact, this show is what started my UF reading obsession.  However, the show has been on a steady decline for quite some time.  I'm curious how much more Alan Ball plans to screw up Charlaine Harris's vision in the season to come.   The new season starts Jun 12th.  Dead Reckoning is set for release on May 3rd.

Where True Blood Left Off:

As we know from the True Blood Season 3 finale, lots has happened in Bon TempsTara left town for a new start, Sam went after Tommy and may or may not have shot him, Sookie has rescinded the invitations of all vampires to her house, Eric was saved from being trapped within concrete, and Bill‘s secrets have been revealed. Of course, that’s only part of what we saw.
When we left off, Bill was fighting Sophie-Anne to the death at his home, Eric was gloating to Pam about having forced Bill to reveal the truth to Sookie, and Sookie went to another realm with Claudine.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Late Eclipses-Top Reads

Late Eclipses (October Daye, Book 4)Late Eclipses-McGurire
Book #4

October "Toby" Daye is half-human, half-fae-the only changeling who's earned knighthood. But when someone begins targeting her nearest and dearest, it becomes clear that Toby is being set up to take the fall for everything that's happening.

One of the best books of this series, and quite possibly one of the top UF reads for the year. Just like the previous books, this one is a non-stop action ride, following the fae changeling & knight, Toby Daye. And while every one of the books in this series have been well written, this one kept me planted on the edge of my seat & suprised me with its many plot developments. Never a dull moment; and if you think you know how this will end, think again. An up all night read, that I look forward to continuing in the fall.

I encourage anyone who hasn't checked out this or McGuire's other series, Newsflesh, to do so.  Her books are very well crafted, written, and surprisingly fresh for the well covered & played-out UF genre.

                                       1-Rosemary & Rue
                                       2-A local Habitation
                                       3-An Artificial Night
                                       4-Late Eclipses
                                       5-One Salt Sea (Sep 2011)
                                       6-Ashes of Honor (Sep 2012)
                                       7-The Chimes at Midnight (Sep 2013)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Because you asked for it: RETURN OF THE NEIGHBORS!


Another interesting post from Mead's too strange for fiction life.  And just because, I snuck in a pic of one of my 80s favorites, Neighbors. Total classic.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Liberte el Libro!

Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter)Grave Illusions ($0.00)
Vampire Hunter-Book #1

New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society.  Jess Vandermire, New York City police officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It’s her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn’t be considered for the job under normal circumstances. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

For her, it’s all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team. Suddenly, her priorities aren’t quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth?